How to watch the 2019 Dally M Medal live: Full list of nominees
The 2019 Dally M Medal is set to be awarded on 2 October. Finder has a full preview and details on how to watch on TV or stream online.
Update: The winners have been announced. Find the Dally M Awards results here.
It's the NRL's night of nights on Wednesday 2 October when rugby league holds its annual Dally M awards night. This event is a major part of the NRL's Grand Final week and a huge honour for those involved. If you're just after information on how to watch the NRL Grand Final, head to our how to watch guide. We also have all the details from today's announcement of a Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall boxing fight.
The Dally M Medal is awarded to the competition's best and fairest player from that current season. Unlike the AFL's Brownlow ceremony, the NRL has plenty more awards to present. This helps to ramp up interest in the event and ensure its a marquee date on the NRL calendar. Another way the NRL event differentiates itself is that the voting results for the Dally M Medal are known up until round 12. This gives fans and players some indication of who is in the running, with the results from subsequent rounds revealed slowly over the course of the evening.
Mitchell Pearce from the Newcastle Knights led the way in voting before it went behind closed doors in round 12, though the Knights' form dropped off in the second half of the year and Pearce is no longer considered a chance. Instead, Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco is an overwhelming favourite. Tedesco has recently been anointed by several pundits as the world's best rugby league player.
Why is it called the Dally M?
The term Dally M comes from the name of legendary footballer, Dally Messenger. Dally was a rugby star in the early 1900s and it was his signing to rugby league for the inaugural 1908 season that many believe gave the sport the attention and respect it needed to gain momentum. The prestigious medal was adopted in 1998 for the official accolade for Player of the Year.
How to watch the Dally M Medal live
Unfortunately for some NRL fans, the broadcast of the Dally M presentation isn't on free-to-air TV. It's only available on Kayo Sports or pay-TV subscriber Foxtel in Australia. However, as we'll touch on shortly, these feeds can be accessed for free. You can also watch the Dally M medal from overseas, which we will also detail below.
Foxtel has been renowned for years of its coverage of the NRL but it's no longer the only way to access it. Kayo Sports has the same weekly NRL content as Foxtel, but offers more flexibility in its price, more accessibility and better viewing features.
When does the Dally M start?
The telecast of the event is scheduled for 2 October, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm AEST.
How to watch the Dally M Medal on Kayo Sports
Kayo is a monthly sports subscription service. A Basic subscription supports streaming to two screens at once and is $25/month. If you need an extra screen, the Premium subscription will set you back $35/month. Despite this price being much lower than Foxtel, it provides all the same content from the eight Fox Sports channels, 2 ESPN channels, the Racing.com channel and 3 beIN Sports channels. In fact, it shows more as it's not bound by channels, and instead implements a Netflix style interface where you can browse live sport, entertainment programming or on-demand replays at will.
All up, it makes for over 50 live sports. For a one-off event you might not want to pay for a whole month's subscription. Fortunately, you can get around this by watching for free with a Kayo Sports 14-day free trial.
Also in Kayo's favour is its host of exclusive features you can't find anywhere else. That includes Kayo Minis, No Spoilers!, Key Moments, a picture-in-picture mode, interactive stats, choose your own camera and, most importantly, SplitView. SplitView is a huge addition for all sporting tragics, allowing you to stream four different sports at once on one screen. If you're still after more information read our full Kayo review.
Kayo Sports can be accessed on PCs and Macs via the web, on iOS or Android smartphones and tablets, or on a TV through Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV or ChromeCast.
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How to watch the Dally M Medal on Foxtel IQ
If you're after the awards ceremony on Foxtel, it'll be on FOX LEAGUE channel 502. Foxtel has two services available to customers, either Foxtel IQ or Foxtel Now. Foxtel IQ is the premium service involving a full installation of a set-top box, and is the only way you can watch sport in 4K. The set-top box also allows you to record programs.
For a Foxtel IQ subscription that has access to the Sport Pack in HD you'll be up for $68/month. Why does the sports content cost so much? Well, Foxtel has a few mandatory rules and one of those is having the base Essentials pack which is $29/month. Then once you account for the HD pack at $10/month and Sport pack at $29/month, you've reached the magic number of $68.
Foxtel IQ subscriptions incur an installation fee, even a Self Install Kit costs $25. All customers also have access to the Foxtel Go app so you can watch on the go.
Live stream the Dally M Medal on Foxtel Now
Hoping for something that's less hassle? Foxtel Now is an easy set-up that doesn't incur any extra installation costs. Foxtel Now is solely a digital streaming service. Access to NRL content is again available through the Sport Pack at $29/month.
Again though there's the same catch that requires an Essentials pack at $25/month. Foxtel Now is incapable of streaming in 4K, so there's no HD add-on, which brings your monthly bill to $54/month.
Devices compatible with Foxtel Now other than the Foxtel Now box include PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Airplay, PS4 and Telstra TV. As an added bonus new customers get a 10-day free trial.
How to watch the Dally M Medal while overseas
If you're currently travelling abroad and want to tune in for the Dally M medal presentation on 2 October, or indeed the NRL Grand Final, you only have one solution. You need WatchNRL. This online steaming service and app is only accessible to people outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
It shows all the same content as Kayo Sports and Foxtel, as well as the Grand Final live. This includes the Dally Ms. So if you are overseas and want to watch the Dally M medal and the NRL Grand Final live, you can grab a month-long pass for $33 here. Sadly the $19 weekly pass that usually exists has been removed for Grand Final week, as the broadcaster is effectively cashing in on the big game.
Full list of 2019 Dally M Nominees and Awards
Dally M Fullback of the Year nominees
- James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Canberra Raiders)
- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand Warriors)
- Clint Gutherson (Parramatta Eels)
- Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne Storm)
Dally M Winger of the Year nominees
- Blake Ferguson (Parramatta Eels)
- Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
- Edrick Lee (Newcastle Knights)
- Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)
- Ken Maumalo (New Zealand Warriors)
Dally M Centre of the Year nominees
- Brian Kelly (Gold Coast Titans)
- Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers)
- Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)
- Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters)
- Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Dally M Five-eighth of the Year nominees
- Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)
- Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
- Luke Keary (Sydney Roosters)
- Cody Walker (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders)
Dally M Halfback of the Year nominees
- Adam Reynolds (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Chad Townsend (Cronulla Sharks)
- Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)
- Mitchell Pearce (Newcastle Knights)
- Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels)
Dally M Prop of the Year nominees
- David Klemmer (Newcastle Knights)
- Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)
- Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra Dragons)
- Siosiua Taukeiaho (Sydney Roosters)
- Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)
Dally M Hooker of the Year nominees
- Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra Dragons)
- Cameron Smith (Melbourne Smith)
- Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders)
- Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers)
Dally M Second-rower of the Year nominees
- John Bateman (Raiders)
- Kenneath Bromwich (Storm)
- Manu Ma'u (Eels)
- Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers)
- Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)
Dally M Lock of the Year nominees
- Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs)
- Dale Finucane (Storm)
- Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
- Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
- Paul Gallen (Sharks)
Dally M Interchange player of the Year nominees
- Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks)
- Brandon Smith (Storm)
- Francis Molo (Cowboys)
- Manase Fainu (Sea Eagles)
- Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Panthers)
Dally M Female player of the Year nominees
- Jessica Sergis (Dragons)
- Botille Vette-Welsh (Dragons)
- Millie Boyle (Broncos)
- Charntay Poko (Warriors)
Dally M Rookie of the Year nominees
- Bronson Xerri (Sharks)
- Maika Sivo (Eels)
- Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm)
- Briton Nikora (Sharks)
- Payne Haas (Broncos)
Dally M Captain of the Year nominees
- Boyd Cordner (Roosters)
- Cameron Smith (Storm)
- Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
- Jarrod Croker (Raiders)
- Josh Jackson (Bulldogs)
Dally M Coach of the Year nominees
- Brad Arthur (Eels)
- Craig Bellamy (Storm)
- Des Hasler (Sea Eagles)
- Ricky Stuart (Raiders)
- Trent Robinson (Roosters)
Other Dally M Awards
- Dally M Medal Player of the Year: Decided by final vote count.
- Provan-Summons Medal: Decide by a fan vote
- Ken Irvine Medal: Awarded to Maika Sivo for the most amount of tries for the year.
- Team of the Year : Higest polling player in each position.
How does voting for the Dally M Medal work?
To put it simply, the votes are handed out by a 3-2-1 system. However, voting for the award has been somewhat controversial over the last few years, most notably the Ruan Sims incident in 2018. The judges for the awards are largely made up of commentators who are mostly former rugby league players. This is where things become messy as those same judges will state each week during broadcasts who they believe was the man of the match. This gives pundits a good idea as to who got the points.
Where is the Dally M awards night held?
The 2019 event will be held at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney and is set to be hosted by Yvonne Sampson. This marks the first time in a several years that the ceremony won't be held at Star Casino.
Dally M ladder after round 12
|Mitchell Pearce||Newcastle Knights||15|
|Cameron Munster||Melbourne Storm||14|
|Damien Cook||South Sydney Rabbitohs||14|
|Jason Taumalolo||North Queensland Cowboys||12|
|Cameron Smith||Melbourne Storm||12|
|James Tedesco||Sydney Roosters||12|
|Mitchell Moses||Parramatta Eels||11|
|Cody Walker||South Sydney Rabbitohs||10|
|Clint Gutherson||Parramatta Eels||10|
|Chad Townsend||Cronulla Sharks||10|
|Payne Haas||Brisbane Broncos||10|
|Sam Burgess||South Sydney Rabbitohs||10|
|Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad||Canberra Raiders||10|
Dally M Medal contenders
|Player||Club||Votes up until round 12||2019 games played|
|James Tedesco||Sydney Roosters||12||21|
|Cameron Smith||Melbourne Storm||12||24|
|Roger Tuivasa-Sheck||New Zealand Warriors||9||23|
|Cameron Munster||Melbourne Storm||14||21|
|Mitchell Moses||Parramatta Eels||11||24|
|Jason Taumalolo||North Queensland Cowboys||12||18|
|Payne Haas||Brisbane Broncos||10||20|
|Cameron Murray||South Sydney Rabbitohs||9||23|
|John Bateman||Canberra Raiders||9||20|
|Daly Cherry-Evans||Manly Sea Eagles||7||19|
|Mitchell Pearce||Newcastle Knights||15||23|
List of previous Dally M winners
|2018||Roger Tuivasa-Sheck||New Zealand Warriors||29|
|2017||Cameron Smith||Melbourne Storm||33|
|2016||Cooper Cronk and Jason Taumalolo||Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys||26|
|2015||Jonathan Thurston||North Queensland Cowboys||32|
|2014||Jarryd Hayne and Jonathan Thurston||Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys||32|
|2013||Cooper Cronk||Melbourne Storm||28|
|2012||Ben Barba||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||32|
|2011||Billy Slater||Melbourne Storm||29|
|2010||Todd Carney||Sydney Roosters||27|
|2009||Jarryd Hayne||Parramatta Eels||30|
|2008||Matt Orford||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||24|
|2007||Jonathan Thurston||North Queensland Cowboys||36|
|2006||Cameron Smith||Melbourne Storm||34|
|2005||Jonathan Thurston||North Queensland Cowboys||32|
|2004||Danny Buderus||Newcastle Knights||27|
List of previous Provan-Summans medal winners
- 2018 - Damien Cook
- 2017 - Clint Gutherson
- 2016 - Jarrod Croker
- 2015 - Johnathan Thurston
- 2014 - Johnathan Thurston
- 2013 - Greg Inglis
- 2012 - Ben Barba
- 2011 - Nathan Hindmarsh
- 2010 - Todd Carney
- 2009 - Jamie Soward
- 2008 - Nathan Hindmarsh
- 2007 - Nathan Hindmarsh
- 2006 - Nathan Hindmarsh
- 2005 - Nathan Hindmarsh
- 2004 - Darren Lockyer
- 2002 - Andrew Johns
- 2001 - Andrew Johns
- 2000 - Andrew Johns